Ultimately Transformers 3 suffers from pacing issues, which could be a result of Bay's auteur-ambission clashing with a studio system-template for traditional film lengths. The final act - a stunning 50 minute set piece in Chicago - features some of the best camera work Bay has ever done, heightened by the signature score. Yet those first two acts are so laborious and tonally confused the end result suffers greatly
The best film in the Transformers series, and the best film Bay has made since The Rock. An ultraviolent guilty pleasure, a visual extravaganza and a decadent sugar high of check-your-brain-at-the-door cinema.
I practically killed myself working on this and it's a mess of a film. But some of the shots are offff the hooook. The "portal beam in the sky" and the alien invasion of the city were shamelessly recycled with virtually no change for Avengers and Battleship. But from a vfx art direction angle, the cgi really inhabits the filmed plate which gives it a raw kineticism and that's what Michael Bay is contributing here.
It's quite possible that with Witwicky and the Autobots aligned with the programs and awards of the Obama administration, that the Decepticons become positioned with older administrations. The insidious return of Cybertron becomes the hovering shadow of Republican party dominance. Quite fascinating, especially since Witwicky's Presidential commendation is constantly overlooked by previous administration officials.
http://youtu.be/JCjn01_RCPc The sequels already take the same beats as the first film but when you promise things will improve over "Revenge of the Fallen"... well it's only slightly improved and it's still not really saying much. We still have the overtones, we still have a pansy military, a blow-up doll, not enough time with the bots and Shia LaBeouf with his current reputation and what he did is pretty much DONE.
It's just remarkable how much time Bay seems to think he must waste on his bizarre cartoon character actors, whose scenes carry less pathos than those of their CGI counterparts, and who are written for sheltered children. I see families whose TVs are set to the Disney channel, and Transformers is their "bad R-rated action dalliance." Amazing how far CGI has come, though, for real.
No idea how people can find this fun. Once upon a time in storytelling (and in sound), we used to care about "dynamics," you know, the difference between the highest peak and the lowest valley. Bay storytelling is just the loudness war for your eyes: everything is up to 11, which leaves no room to breathe. And if everything is super exciting, nothing is.
Estoy parcializado. I like The Bayster. Pero me gusta más cuando se restringe un poco (ver The Rock). Cuando no lo hace ya la cuestión es una cosa de suerte o fallas encantadoramente (Armageddon) o fallas miserablemente (Pearl Harbor). En todo caso quedándonos en el universo de los Transformers, esta tercera es con creces muchísimo más entretenida que la segunda. Lamentablemente la magia de la primera no está.